Variant of skirmish
- a brief fight or encounter between small groups, usually an incident of a battle
- any slight, unimportant conflict; brush
Origin: Middle English scarmoch from Middle French escharmuche from Italian scaramuccia from schermire, to fight from Gmc, as inch(es) Old High German an unverified form skirmjan, to protect from skirm, a guard: see screen
Origin: ME scarmishen
- skirmisher noun
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